The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

Apr 13, 2021

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this second module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we'll focus on important principles related to trademark...

Apr 20, 2021

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this third module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we’ll focus on the requirements for an initial trademark...

Apr 21, 2021

Are you a law student interested in pursuing a career in intellectual property? Don’t miss your chance to learn from USPTO experts about the patent process and the ways patent examiners review your patent application. The USPTO’s Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office is offering an interactive...

Apr 22, 2021

Are you a patent practitioner looking for tips on conducting a successful patent examiner interview?  Join the USPTO and the Colorado Bar Association for an online session to learn more about this important topic. Learn more and register today. Speakers at the event will cover tips on the following...

Apr 27, 2021

Regional Director Molly Kocialski will join the "Ask Me Anything" panel hosted by Colorado State University's Demo Day Symposium, and WEST - Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology. The audience will have an open forum to ask panelists about the patent process, licensing their technology...

Apr 27, 2021

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this fourth module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we’ll focus on the USPTO’s Trademark Electronic...

Apr 28, 2021

Are you a small business owner interested in learning more about potential opportunities to work with the USPTO to improve the agency’s artificial intelligence and emerging technology capabilities? Join us on Wednesday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET for a virtual event on these important topics...

May 4, 2021

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this fifth module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we’ll focus on responding to office actions, the official...

May 5, 2021

Are you a law student interested in pursuing a career in intellectual property? Don’t miss your chance to learn from USPTO experts about the patent process and the ways patent examiners review your patent application. The USPTO’s Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office is offering an interactive...

May 6, 2021

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from USPTO experts about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovation as you transition from idea to product. The USPTO's Midwest Regional Office offers this...

News & Updates

USPTO year in review: Nearly 400 applications receive prioritized examination under USPTO’s historic COVID-19 relief programs

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) earlier this year launched the COVID-19 Prioritized Patent Examination Pilot Program and the COVID-19 Prioritized Trademark Examination Program. These programs enable the USPTO to grant requests for...

Update on paper patent file wrapper requests

As a result of a storage site consolidation, effective January 1, 2021, the fulfillment time for requests for paper patent file wrappers located in Suitland, Maryland, will increase slightly from 37 days to up to 47 days. Requests for file wrappers located at the National Archives Records...

USPTO and Cambodian IP office announce landmark worksharing agreement

Due to a landmark worksharing arrangement signed in October 2020 by Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and Senior Minister H.E. Kitti Settha Pandita CHAM Prasidh of the Cambodian Ministry of...

USPTO welcomes new interim Trademark Public Advisory Committee member

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomes Tricia McDermott Thompkins as a new interim member of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The interim appointment will be effective on October 30, 2020 and run through December 1, 2022. Ms. Thompkins serves as Executive Vice...

USPTO announces COVID-19 deferred-fee provisional patent application pilot program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a collaborative deferred-fee provisional patent application pilot program for inventions that combat COVID-19. The USPTO recognizes that its mission to issue high-quality patents to inventors goes hand-in-hand with dissemination...

USPTO releases updated study on participation of women in the U.S. innovation economy

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released “Progress and Potential: 2020 Update on U.S. Women Inventor-Patentees,” a follow-up to its 2019 report on U.S. women inventors. The new report updates the previous findings based on a review of an additional nearly one...

Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld appointed to a second five-year term

WASHINGTON—The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has reappointed Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld for a second five-year term. Commissioner Hirshfeld’s original term was set to expire this July. “I am pleased to reappoint...

USPTO announces Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced plans for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to begin accepting petitions for expedited resolution of ex parte appeals. The “Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program” launches July 2, 2020. The required petition fee is...

USPTO releases additional information on the COVID-19 Trademark Prioritized Examination Program

On June 15, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications, which allows COVID-19-related trademark applications to be advanced out of turn and immediately assigned for examination...

USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 31, 2020...